Failed wheat and hungry cows: farmers depend the price of a moist winter | EUROtoday

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But not less than there’s some wheat rising. The different half of the sphere has tiny shoots of beans, which can finally develop into less expensive cattle feed.

Here the winter wheat, sown in autumn 2023, drowned beneath the lengthy winter rains.

“You sort of watch it die,” Mr Wilkins displays, ruefully.

“You put so much effort into planting it, and the money you spend, and then it just fades away. And you have to start again, knowing this will earn you a lot less.”

His household have farmed right here for practically a century, however no-one can keep in mind shedding a lot wheat to the climate.

Between October 2022 and March 2024, England had 1,695.9mm of rainfall, the wettest 18-month interval since data started in 1836.

Mr Collins, the county chairman for the NFU, advised me their expertise is dangerous, however not distinctive.

“Across the county we’ve lost about 15% of all our wheat,” he stated.

“The UK as a whole is higher than that, probably 25% down, a quarter down.”